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Medicinal Cannabis: What the Nation Needs?

David Hardstaff and Ami Amin discuss an in-depth report on policy developments in the UK by the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group (the CDPRG) In Part A: why is it still so hard for patients to access the drugs they need? On 23 April 2020, the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group (CDPRG) published Part A […]

Approval of liquidator’s remuneration: a tale of two reporters

A recent Sheriff Court judgment is the latest decision to consider the role and remit of the court reporter in a liquidation which, unusually, involved the court appointing two reporters. In Scotland, the Insolvency (Scotland) (Receivership and Winding Up) Rules 2018 provide that where there is no creditors committee, the remuneration of a liquidator shall […]

Variation to an office lease to allow use as a private members’ club

The Upper Tribunal has allowed a variation to a lease that restricted the use of a property to office use (with minor residential use) so that the tenant could implement a planning permission to convert the property into a private members’ club. Background A user clause in a lease is a restrictive covenant. If the […]

Tax now payable much sooner following a disposal of residential property

From 6 April 2020 significant changes will be made to the deadline for paying capital gains tax (CGT) and filing tax returns in respect of disposals by individuals and trusts of UK residential property. Taxpayers and advisers need to be aware of these changes now. UK property disposals prior to 6 April 2020 Previously, UK […]

Coronavirus job retention scheme: pensions aspects

When considering how to use the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS), employers may be wondering what this means for pension contributions and auto-enrolment obligations. This update considers some of the issues. How the CJRS works To access the CJRS an employer will need to designate affected employees as furloughed workers, notify the employees of this […]


Allen & Overy launches Romanian alliance

Allen & Overy launches Romanian alliance” />Allen & Overy has launched a presence in Romania, signing an exclusive association with local firm Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu SCA (RTPR). The alliance will be up and running from the start of July. A&O has announced the move in the same week that its magic circle rivals Linklaters […]

Obituary: Richard Burns

#Former Hammonds senior partner Richard Burns has died at the age of 49. He had been battling illness for several months before his death on Monday 20 May. Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley said in a statement: “We were devastated by Richard’s sudden and tragic death. Richard was a great lawyer with hugeintellect, vision and […]

Mayor Boris reshapes London’s legal landscape

Those of us old enough to remember ‘Red Ken’ Livingstone from the 1980s have been surprised at the longevity of his reincarnation as London’s mayor – but now he is gone, swept away by a tidal wave of anti-Labour sentiment. Boris Johnson is the new captain at London’s helm and for the first time in […]

Clifford Chance leads on $1.15bn Kuwaiti LSE float

Clifford Chance has snared a lead role on a $1.15bn (£580m) Kuwaiti listing on the London Stock Exchange. Clifford Chance partners Simon Sinclair and Robert Trefney led the firm’s team advising Kuwaiti investment company Global Investment House on the listing of global depository receipts in London. This is the first listing of its type for […]

Lovells rolls up for Rock ruck

The ongoing Northern Rock saga has provided rich pickings for legal advisers, what witha liquidity crisis followed by a proposed sale, then a nationalisation and now a judicial review.A plethora of firms, from Freshfields Bruckhaus…

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